Painter and sculptor Richard Long (British, b.1945) is regarded as one of Britain’s most prominent Land artists, known for his permanent and transient works in several mediums, which address the complex relationship between humans and nature. Long was born in Bristol, and studied at the West of England School of Art and St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Employing natural materials—ranging from water, rocks, and mud in a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, installation, text, and paintings—Long creates works that trace his movement, largely walking on foot, through different landscapes in England, Scotland, and the western United States.
Throughout his works, walking becomes a documented art form, through which he can explore the transience of time, distance, and place, seen in both the physical landscape as well as art forms. Long has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many other institutions. He has created several public works on commission, including pieces for the Hearst Building in New York and at Houghton Hall in Norfolk. In 1989, he was awarded the Turner Prize. Long currently lives and works in Bristol.